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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Only Gorgeous About This is the Cover :(

    I thought the plot was predictable, which is not a "sin" as long as the journey with the characters is enjoyable, but I didn't like the characters either. Fitz, The Duke of Groveland, is an enterprising, scheming, selfish, entitled aristocrat who is used to getting his way, no matter what, or how much it costs him. Money is no object for him, and morals do not exist. He uses coercion, deception, manipulation..anything, even his own body, to win.

    Rosalind is a widow who is on the forefront of the suffragette movement. She is progressive, independent to a fault, stubborn and self righteous. When Fitz and Rosalind first meet sparks fly (but not in a good way). Love and Hate are definitely two sides of the same coin for Fitz and Rosalind. I was a little put off at the beginning because of this, but thought that maybe their dialogue and actions towards each other would change as they fell in love, but they didn't. Fitz calls Rosalind a "bi**h" throughout the book, and not in a playful way, but in a derogatory way. Other than their attractiveness to each other I failed to understand what compelled their almost obsessive behavior to have an affair that eventually led to their "falling in love", and I use that term loosely.

    Their entire relationship is based on sex. I could not comprehend how two people who acted the way they did, used, and treated the other person the way they did, fell in love. Both characters were flawed, and their story lacked any kind of intimate passion. I felt they each had a lot of room to grow, and was willing to accept them as they were written at the beginning, hoping that they would redeem themselves by the end, but it just didn't happen. This book reviewed for Seductive Musings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2009


    I've read a few Susan Johnson books and the most striking thing about her writing is the amount of erotica in her books. Her male characters are male gigolos who have slept around so much that sex is a physical activity for pleasure and they have no feelings or thoughts for the numerous women they sleep with....until some miraculous heroine enters their life. How is the heroine different? Well, I really can't tell because the female characters are usually women with some sexual experience who also get dominated and wowed in the bedroom by the male character. This story is about a duke and a widow. The duke is seeking to buy out the widow's bookstore so he can start construction with his real estate plans. Even though it's hate and lust at first sight, they quickly fall into the bedroom and have most of their interactions during sexual encounters. These encounters are the forum for their many arguments about the bookstore and rarely, his lack of fidelity. It's hard to believe that someone as shallow and unprincipled as this duke falls in love with a woman who offers him token challenges. Her independence and strength of character never seem to stand up to his bedroom seductions...pathetic! Also, she guesses that he is not faithful and makes light comments about it, but is okay with sleeping with him even after a doctor tells her that she might catch a sexually transmitted disease with an unfaithful partner. Seriously, this is not a heroine to look up to in any way and the hero is not an ideal anyting! Although most women appreciate a guy who is good in bed, there is a still a limit with how they will tolerate.... This author is very good at one thing...writing EROTIC sexually explicit descriptions in her books.

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